STAR: Smoking Treatment and Recovery Program | MedStar
Smoking Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program
Get the Support You Need to Be Tobacco-Free.We know how hard it can be to stop smoking. That’s why we developed the Smoking Treatment and Recovery (STAR) program. STAR provides the comprehensive support you need to help you quit and stay tobacco-free. You do not need to be ready to quit when you make an appointment with the STAR Team.
Why Quit Now?Quitting smoking cigarettes or other types of tobacco after a cancer diagnosis improves your chances of surviving cancer. You may be surprised to learn just how much quitting can improve your health during and after treatment. When you quit, you may experience:
- Faster healing from cancer surgery
- Fewer side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, and skin problems, from cancer treatment
- Faster and better response time to chemotherapy and radiation
- Better quality of life
- Reduced chances of your cancer returning or a second cancer developing
- A lower risk of pneumonia and respiratory failure
STAR Can Help You QuitWe will work with you to figure out an approach to quitting that’s right for you. Our experienced health care team has expertise in the latest research on helping patients quit. Starting a conversation is your first step.
How STAR WorksSTAR makes it easy to commit to your health. Our personalized, expert approach is tailored to your needs.
- A knowledgeable clinical team will talk with you to understand your smoking history and goals. Together, you and the team will develop a treatment plan.
- This may include medication to help with quitting and strategies for changing smoking-related habits.
- Depending on your preference, appointments can be in person, by video telehealth or by phone.
Is STAR for You?STAR provides individual tobacco cessation support to all current and former cancer patients, whether you have not yet begun treatment, are undergoing treatment, or have finished your treatment.
- We will work with you to find the most effective strategies to help you quit.
- We also provide tobacco treatment for family members of patients.
- Most insurance and Medicare will cover in-person and video telehealth tobacco cessation treatment and medications. Please call your insurance company for details on your coverage. In addition, behavioral counseling by phone is provided at no charge.
- Nicotine patches/lozenges may be offered to you at a free or reduced rate.
Meet the Team
- Joanna Philips, Tobacco Treatment Specialist (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
- Marguerite Webster, Tobacco Treatment Specialist (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
- Julia Whealan, Tobacco Treatment Specialist (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
- Joan Breece, Nurse Practitioner (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)
- Jennifer Wheeley, Nurse Practitioner (MedStar Washington Hospital Center
- Maya Beplat, Nurse Practitioner (MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
- Kimberly Davis, PhD, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- Kathryn Taylor, PhD, Chul Kim, MD and Irina G. Veytsman, Co-Leaders of STAR
Why Choose STAR?
- Unmatched expertise: STAR’s clinical team has 20 years combined experience conducting successful smoking and tobacco cessation programs.
- Offering Tomorrow’s Cessation Treatments Today: Research cures cancer. Through our partnership with Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in Washington, D.C., we’re able to develop and evaluate new, innovative treatments for smoking cessation. This allows us to offer you a chance for better outcomes.